Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming, who previously worked for Variety, says the Penske’s purchase of Variety “is a bit jarring for me.” (Penske also owns Deadline.)
I spent 20 years writing columns and covering the film business for Daily and Weekly Variety before moving to Deadline. I am relieved to see the publication get an opportunity to be reinvigorated. I would be surprised, for instance, if Variety continues behind a pay wall, or continues to exist in its current form as a daily and weekly print publication.
Fleming adds: “I will be intrigued to watch as Penske reconfigures Variety to make the pieces fit and complement what we do here at Deadline.”